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Campus Sustainability: Dump or Donate

What is Dump or Donate?

Did you know that each spring, UD throws away the equivalent of a Boeing 747 full of trash as students move out of the residence halls?  We can do better! Dump or Donate is an end-of-year program to keep items OUT of landfills.Volunteers assist students moving out by gathering materials that can be recycled or donated to area non-profits.

Dump or Donate began in 2015 with student visionaries Freedom Malik & Nathan Berg leading the way.

Want to get involved?  Individuals & groups welcome from UD & beyond! Contact any member of the Green Team, including Adam Hoffman (, Anne Marie Gruber (, and Megan Ruiz ( Online sign-up for volunteer shifts will be available through Sign-Up Genius prior to move-out 2016.

Great news!  Dump or Donate has received a grant from Sustainable Dubuque 2015 to purchase supplies!

Partner Organizations

Thank you to the following Dump or Donate partners!

  • Dubuque Rescue Mission
  • Goodwill
  • Green Iowa
  • Dubuque Regional Humane Society
  • Sustainable Dubuque
  • UD Web of Life
  • UD Computer Club
  • UD Department of Natural & Applied Sciences
  • UD Maintenance
  • UD Residence Life
  • UDTS Food Pantry

Media Coverage

Photos: All items saved from landfills!

Dump or Donate 2015

Saved from Landfills during Move-Out 2015!

215 shirts
55 pairs of shorts
54 bags of chips
50 kitchen utensils
49 pairs of pants
46 canned goods
40 cans/bottles of various beverages
35 hangers
30 plates
20 towels
18 coats
16 waste baskets
15 microwave entrees
11 textbooks
11 bags of candy
11 boxes of granola bars
10 boxes of mac & cheese
10 fans
8 lamps
8 cans of soup
7 futons
5 reams of paper
5 carpets
2 fish tanks
1 entertainment center
1 bottle of bleach
1 basketball hoop
And lots more!

Why Dump or Donate?